Russia’s foreign secretary calls for a “reset 2.0” with the US
Russia’s foreign secretary, Sergey Lavrov, said in an interview on Sunday that Russia and the United States need what he calls a “reset 2.0”, in reference to President Barack Obama’s efforts to improve ties with Russia during the early days of his administration.
In the Russian television interview, Mr. Lavrov blamed the United States for the strained relationship between the two nations, saying that Russia wants to normalize its relations with the United States, but that “it was not Russia who destroyed them.”
Russia’s relationship with the West has been strained in recent months after the United States and the European Union accused the nation of supporting pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine and have imposed financial sanctions on Russia as a result, which have been repeatedly tightened ever since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine.
In the interview, Mr. Lavrov spoke out against NATO’s “Cold War mentality” and criticized the United States for excluding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a Russian ally, from its campaign against Islamic State fighters in Syria, adding that the United States “can no longer act as the prosecutor, the judge and the executioner in every part of the world.”
“We are absolutely interested in bringing the ties to normal, but it was not us who destroyed them. Now they require what the American would probably call a reset,” Lavrov said, according to a transcript of one interview on his ministry’s website.
“The current US administration is destroying today much of the cooperation structure that it created itself along with us. Most likely, something more will come up, a reset number 2 or a reset 2.0,” he told Russia’s Channel 5 television.
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